FAA seeks $689,800 fine against FedEx

FAA seeks $689,800 fine against FedEx for alleged hazardous materials / dangerous goods shipping violations

IATA Shipment of Hazardous Materials and Dangerous GoodsFederal officials are seeking a $689,800 fine against Federal Express Corp., saying the company violated rules on shipping hazardous materials.

FedEx said the incidents in 2009 did not pose a safety threat.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday that on 89 flights, FedEx failed to give pilots complete and accurate information about their cargo.

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The FAA also said that FedEx accepted four shipments of hazardous materials even though the cargo was not accurately described and certified in shipping documents.

The FAA said it found violations of federal rules during a 2009 inspection at the company’s cargo-handling facility at Bradley International Airport near Hartford, Conn.

Federal rules require that pilots be told if they are carrying dangerous goods so they can take safety precautions.

Companies have 30 days to appeal proposed FAA civil penalties. A FedEx spokeswoman said the company planned to do so.

“These cases involved documentation errors and didn’t pose a safety threat to our aircraft or our crew,” said FedEx spokeswoman Sally Davenport.

In four cases, she said, shipping documents listed the wrong weights for hazardous cargo, and in two, they gave the wrong number of packages. In 10 cases, she said, packages failed to carry a label saying they were intended for cargo aircraft only.

Source: Yahoo News

Note: All shippers of dangerous goods and hazardous materials are required to have initial training, and periodic refresher training.  Affygility Solutions can provide IATA/DOT training either webinar style or on-site to your employees.  Our IATA Dangerous Goods  / DOT Hazardous Materials training sessions can be customized to meet your specific needs.  Affygility Solutions provides environmental, health and safety services, and compliance management software to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry.

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About Dean Calhoun

Dean is the President and CEO of Affygility Solutions. Affygility Solutions provides environmental, health and safety software, potent compound safety, industrial hygiene, containment validation services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industry. "Dean's Google+ Profile"
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